Before the Dutch colonists occupied the territory what is now Brooklyn in the early 1600s, it was home to the Canarsie Native American tribe who farmed the land and fished the surrounding waters. During the following 400 years, Brooklyn’s rural landscape and forests were entirely urbanized to become the Brooklyn that we know today. The borough of Brooklyn is among the most populated areas in America and known for its rich history and diverse culture.
Brooklyn’s impressive history started long before Christopher Columbus set foot on the shores of the New World. The borough of Brooklyn is located at Long Island’s southern tip and besides the Canarsie Native American Tribe, the area was originally also inhabited by American Indians called the Lenape (meaning “the People”) that also included the Nyack Tribe. The Lenape planted and cultivated tobacco and corn and fished in the rivers in the area.